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The history curriculum at Charlbury Primary School has been designed to systematically build children’s knowledge of British and world history developing a firm chronology and finding meaningful links. A study of local history will mean that children have a greater understanding of their environment and how it has been shaped. Children will be able to use reflections upon the past to help them understand their present. Change, diversity and morality will be discussed within this context. Children’s curiosity and desire to investigate and become historical detectives will be encouraged. Our overall aim is develop keen and questioning historians, able to make connections and evaluate, with a solid historical schemata on which to build further learnin

The history curriculum will be delivered through topics. Cross curricular links will be made to further build children’s understanding of a subject. Teaching will link into prior learning and help children develop a secure historical chronology. Children will develop skills through looking at a range of resources and considering their significance. Critical thinking and observations will be employed in order to consider similarities, differences and the impact of change. Independent research projects, where children can pursue a particular area that has ignited their interest, will be encouraged as homework tasks: children will be able to share these with the class and thus further facilitate a breadth of study. Educational visits, the handling of artefacts, historical days and visitors will enrich children’s learning experiences.

Our approach will allow children to investigate historical topics, figures and events in depth. This means children will be able to make meaningful connections to other historical points, modern life and other areas of the curriculum. The study of local history will allow children a greater understanding of where they fit into British history. Pupils will be approaching subject matter in a range of ways: meaning that they will be developing their literacy, creative, observational and reasoning skills whilst learning about history. Regular review will be a major part of the teaching process to enable a high level of achievement.

Children’s work will be collated in folders. These folders will travel up through the school with the child, creating a portfolio of children’s learning in history. Thus, children will see that all their work in history is meaningful – that it is a learning journey with purpose. Knowledge Organisers will be used to clearly set out key learning and information for children; these Knowledge Organisers can be referred to by children to remind them of key facts and vocabulary. Quizzes will be used at the end of a unit of work to check children’s understanding and retention of information. The quizzes will be used as a formative assessment tool, showing both the pupil and teacher areas that need recapping or require further development.

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